Staying Motivated When Life Gets Tough

This is something that I’d normally post on my health blog fit2bemyself.com. However, I figured this is a message that could apply here, too.

Life gets tough sometimes. And it is in those tough times that it is most important to take care of yourself. Speaking from experience, one of the most stressful and emotionally draining things that a person can experience in their life is watching their loved one decline and face the possibility of them dying due to health problems, some of which could have been prevented with a little more self-care. 

For the past several weeks, I’ve eaten more than my share of hospital vending machine food, as if I needed any additional inconveniences to make eating healthier difficult. Watching a life deteriorate while trying to maintain my own life and bring up a child’s life is hard. Add to that financial troubles that make going to my favorite fitness classes nearly impossible. My haircare has also fallen by the wayside. How do you stay committed through all that?

Well, the good news is that things have turned around for my mother and her health has improved. My overall diet has not, but I have made a commitment to staying active, even when I can’t go to my pole dancing class or I’m not in the mood to go to spin. I hit my step goals on a more regular basis now. I try to hit my water goals every day. I take my multivitamin and probiotics every day.

Overall, this entire ordeal has made me look at life from a different perspective. My current job situation has made me more appreciative of what I’ve had before and more humble about what I currently have. I’m just glad to be alive. Today I am going to work a little harder on the hair care aspect of my self-care because both my hair and my psyche definitely deserve it. However, despite the obstacles I face attending fitness classes, I have no excuse not to move, especially since I am physically able to do so.

Ways to help maintain/achieve good health:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink at least 64oz of water daily but aim for half of your body weight in ounces. It makes sense because our bodies are 40-60% water.
  • Get plenty of sleep – Aim for 8 uninterrupted hours every night, if you can.
  • Eat more vegetables, less fried foods, and fewer desserts
  • Take a multivitamin
  • Walk as much as you can, if you can – If you are able to move, do so. Several of my relatives on my mother’s side have been diagnosed and/or have passed away from heart failure. However, it is possible to live a fulfilling, healthful life for many years with this condition with healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and appropriate prescription medications taken consistently.
  • I’ve eliminated the excuse of not being able to exercise at home because I bought my weights and yoga mat a long time ago. I also have consistent access to YouTube to find workouts when I don’t feel like making up my own. I realize that not everyone has that privilege. But if you have the luxury of the internet, use it for your health.

I know all of that is pretty basic information that many people have heard from numerous sources, but the most basic common sense information is what some of us need to hear every now and then as a reminder to do better. I’m not a doctor, but I am a certified fitness trainer and I work to educate myself through reading, listening to podcasts, and watching educational videos. I know enough about how the average human body works to know that those basic things will help keep it healthy. Every body is not the same because some people are born with health concerns or disabilities. But most of us would do well to stick to the basics without getting caught up in specific diets, fads, and methodologies.

From a personal perspective, I can speak about heart disease, diabetes, and sugar addiction. Congestive heart failure is what inspired this post today. Heart disease is not always preventable, but if you have the opportunity to avoid it, I suggest taking it. Watching my mother go through the ups and downs that she has over the past five years since being diagnosed hasn’t been fun. I’m sure if she could press the reset button on her heart and have it be strong and healthy with no worries of arrhythmias, blockages, or outright failure, she would. However, without putting too much of her business out there, some of her troubles might have been avoided had she taken better care of herself, followed doctor’s orders a little more closely, and simply loved herself more. 

Take care of your hair and skin. Move your body. Stay hydrated. Take care of yourself and stay committed to keeping yourself fit and healthy. 

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What’s Been Going On March 2019

December was the last time I posted to this blog, but that does not mean that I haven’t been writing. Life in a Few Words is still my baby, but I have been nurturing some other ventures in recent months and quite frankly, just haven’t been in the right space emotionally to publish much of my poetry on here recently. A lot of what I write is personal, but for the past year, nearly everything I’ve written has come from extremely personal feelings and experiences. I guess that’s why I haven’t been as inclined to share much recently.

So, what’s been going on? I’ve been exploring my love for fitness. Yes, I’m plus-sized. I probably always will be. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good spin class or yoga. Actually, I’ve been studying to obtain a personal trainer certification and I started a fitness group online. I’m hoping to start a group in person soon. Along with that, I started a blog all about fitness and what I’ve learned about health and nutrition.

It’s funny. What started as me becoming more fit because I couldn’t breathe very well resulted in my losing approximately 30lbs and gaining so much perspective about myself, life, and relationships. I got a lot of great poetry out of it and I think I have a few stories I can write about it, too.

I’ll be sharing some new pieces once a week, for at least the next few weeks anyway. I still have it on my heart to publish another book, which has been titled Sunlight, Coffee, and Roses for the past three years. Hopefully, this year will be the year.

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Shrink: A Poem

I’m shrinking.

Pulling away from what weighed me down and pushing up into a new way of

Thinking.

What I loved purposely left me weeping,

Tenderized

Pulverized heart,

But still a heart still worth keeping.

And it beats stronger… while the heaviness withers away and I shrink, I think, “How great it is to be thinner from ‘wait’ loss, patiently hoping for better days, and stronger from the discomfort of willing myself more life.”

© LeTara Moore, All Rights Reserved

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What’s Going On…October/November 2017

I’ve been working. That pretty much sums up the past several months. I’ve been working a lot and my body and quality time with my daughter and my blog have been paying the price of me getting a bigger paycheck. A bigger paycheck is nice, but there are some things you can’t put a price on. Now, just because the number of blog posts has been reduced doesn’t mean that the amount of my writing has been suffering. I have so many notes and prose saved, just waiting to be published. I have another project that I’m working on, which is extremely near and dear to my heart, even more than Sunlight, Coffee and Roses, though I am not ready to reveal it yet. I still have a ways to go in completing it, but that day is coming. It has a lot of me in it, so I have to make sure to take my time in making it just right and saying what I want to say. Wonderful things will manifest before the year is over.

Also, just a couple of weeks ago I was a guest on a radio talk show. Check it out below!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lets_chat/2017/10/05/lets-chat-w-mz-toni-and-lissha-second-chances

 

What Lies Ahead Summer/Fall 2017

As this weekend comes to a close, I have to reflect on it and say that it was absolutely awesome. Why? This year I attended the Atlanta Kick Back, a book expo. I had intended to go to last year’s event, but changed my mind. I told myself that there was no way that I would miss it this year. I wasn’t totally sure that I’d actually make it until the night before despite all of my hopes and plans, but I did.Read More »

On being a writer…

I was scrolling through some of the blogs I follow and this post stood out to me. There’s so much truth to this it’s almost overwhelming. As I write and have written over the past year I have learned so much about myself. So many things I’ve done or didn’t do, mistakes and choices I made make so much more sense now that I’ve actively been responding to the calls that come from within instructing me to write something–anything at all.

 

“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist.” – Henry Miller Writing is a lonely job, no doubt about it. And no matter how successful you might become, you’re still alone. It’s the inexorable truth of the writer’s condition: you sit at your desk, in an empty room or in the most […]

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What Lies Ahead in Spring-Summer 2017

So many ideas, so little time. I can’t even begin to predict how the next several months will go, but I have high hopes and several things I’d like to accomplish. For starters, my second book, Sunlight, Coffee & Roses (SC&R for short), has turned into something totally different from what I had initially thought it’d be. Instead of a collection of short stories, it is blossoming more into a novel. I went through a serious period of writer’s block, especially after I finished Reflection in the Music. Then again, I’m not sure I’d call it writer’s block. I was just tired. The experience of writing and self-publishing was more emotionally and mentally and physically draining than I had anticipated. Add to that my everyday responsibilities and I had to take a step back from working on my second book and even updating this blog as frequently—I never stopped writing, though. What’s funny is I’ve had ideas for all types of poems, short stories and other books, but couldn’t seem to sort out my thoughts for SC&R. I had a deadline that I set for myself to finish this book last November, but as it is April, I’ll just take my precious time and aim for mid-summer. That seems like an appropriate time for a title such as Sunlight.

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